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Homeless veterans: Trump's budget could hurt efforts
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The push to end homelessness among veterans would suffer without the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is up for elimination under President Donald Trump's proposed budget, nonprofits and local officials say....



Petition would seek reduced sentence for Pamela Smart
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Advocates for Pamela Smart, who's serving a life sentence for plotting with her teenage lover to kill her husband, say they are planning to file a petition seeking a reduced sentence....



Oakland found building lacked sprinklers before deadly blaze
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Inspectors discovered that a California building in a rundown neighborhood lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in every apartment and a working sprinkler system just three days before a blaze erupted and killed four low-income residents....



A look at how Trump's moves on coal will affect the industry
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from job losses, bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar....



AP Exclusive: Lottery manager still on job after firing
CHICAGO (AP) -- When Illinois lawmakers voted in 2009 to hire a private company to run the state's $2 billion-a-year lottery, they had high hopes of making more money that could be funneled into education and construction projects....



Club operator denies security bypass allowed before shooting
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A Cincinnati nightclub operator denies that some patrons were allowed to bypass security checks that included metal-detection wands before a gunbattle erupted, killing one man and injuring 16 other people....



Campus 'free speech zones' face new round of scrutiny
On some college campuses, students and outsiders are allowed to protest and distribute fliers only in so-called "free speech zones." Supporters say it's a way to protect against disruptions to school operations, but opponents call it censorship....



NPR raises concerns about firing of Tennessee reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Top editors at National Public Radio are challenging the firing of an affiliate reporter who covered meetings between Tennessee high school students discussing LGBT issues with Republican lawmakers....



States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future....



World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports," that made gamers out of grandparents....